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Financial Sector Update for 01/03/2017: HIG,BRK.A,BRK.B,PYPL,ASB

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Financial stocks extended their recent gains into the new year, with the NYSE Financial Sector Index climbing over 0.6% today while financial companies in the S&P 500 Index were recording a 0.7% gain.

In company news, the Hartford Financial Services Group ( HIG ) was holding on to a slim gain during late Tuesday trading after the insurer said it would take a $423 million after-tax charge against its Q4 financial results after negotiating a $1.5 billion excess-loss reinsurance agreement with a Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A,BRK.B) covering some of its asbestos and environmental liability exposures.

The agreement covers potential adverse development involving The Hartford's $1.7 billion asbestos and environmental reserves through the end of 2016, excluding those held by its UK Property and Casualty run-off units, which are under contract for a sale expected to close before March 31.

The retroactive reinsurance agreement also is seen reducing pro forma book value by $1.10 per share and is also expected to have a slightly negative impact on the company's property and casualty net investment income in 2017.

HIG shares were up about 0.2% at $47.73 each, easing from a prior 2% run to a session high of $48.53 a share. Berkshire Class A shares were up about 0.2% at $244,501 apiece while Class B shares were posting a 0.1% gain to $163.11 a share.

In other sector news,

(+) PYPL, Upgrade to Buy from Neutral at Monness Crespi & Hardt, which also set a $50 price target for the stock.

(-) ASB, Drops "deputy" from James Payne's job title as the 30-year finance and technology executive succeeds James Yee as chief information and operations officer at bank holding company, effective Jan. 1.

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